My interest in New Orleans bodypainting as a model started years ago right here in New Orleans when I first stumbled into the Craig Tracy Gallery on Royal Street. When asked if I could model, Craig replied that he rarely works with men, but that my best chance would be to get some experience and check back then.
I set out to get some experience and have since been painted by talented artists around the country such as Anthony Dortch and Brandon McGill. Additionally, I have been blessed to collaborate regularly with Angela Rene Roberts (www.angelarenerobertsart.com), one of the top ranked bodypainters in the world. Therefore, it was entirely fitting that the parade passed The Craig Tracy Gallery.
My name is Christopher and my greatest passion is travel. The theme of this year’s Southern Decadence, “Swimming with the Gods and Goddesses” left little doubt that I should attend the parade as St. Christopher and the baby Jesus. St. Christopher is the patron saint of the traveler and is known for carrying the baby Jesus safely across a dangerous river.
As always, Angela Rene Roberts performed the painting flawlessly in front of a live audience at Mags 940. The experience for me was exhilarating. Wearing nothing but a few grams of loin cloth, robes merely painted in place, and a helium balloon for the baby Jesus we joined the parade at the Golden Lantern and were received by a very enthusiastic audience.
You might say that marching in the 2015 Southern Decadence Parade was my personal homecoming event, or the 2015 Southern Decadence Homecoming Parade.
Photos courtesy of Cully Firmin